Willy and the Poor Boys [40th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Make no mistake, Willy & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer "Effigy" (one of John Fogerty's most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR, which both sound fresh as they did upon release. "Fortunate Son" is one of the greatest, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Make no mistake, Willy & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer "Effigy" (one of John Fogerty's most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR, which both sound fresh as they did upon release. "Fortunate Son" is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks. That joy runs throughout the album, from the gleeful single "Down on the Corner" and the lazy jugband blues of "Poorboy Shuffle" through the great slow blues jam "Feelin' Blue" to the great rockabilly spiritual "Don't Look Now," one of Fogerty's overlooked gems. The covers don't feel like throwaways, either, since both "Cotton Fields" and "The Midnight Special" have been overhauled to feel like genuine CCR songs. It all adds up to one of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072308794
  • Catalog Number: 30879
  • Sales rank: 12,134

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Creedence Clearwater Revival Primary Artist
John Fogerty Guitar, Vocals
Doug Clifford Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Fogerty Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Stu Cook Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
George Horn Remastering
Joel Selvin Liner Notes, Track Notes
Ed Ward Liner Notes
Chris Clough Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Basul Parik Cover Photo, Original Cover Photography
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Joy in the midst of trouble

    John Fogerty created a unique sound and the band remained great as long as John was allowed to control that sound. This is a joyful album but not blindly so. You cant help but tap your foot to these songs but there is also an awareness within them that we were living in the middle of hard times. Even the cover reflects the dichotomy of this great album. A true classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    good ol' creedence fun

    Willy and the Poor Boys starts out with classic Down On The Corner" to the 'Poorboy Shuffle' and makes for a fun listen.

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